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Valentine's Day with a difference

Ana Madigibuli
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

VALENTINE'S Day this year has been marked for one of the most anticipated campaigns for women around the world titled the 'One Billion Rising Campaign'.

The day has been marked for the rising of one billion women in their various communities in calling for an end to all forms of violence against girls and women.

Emerging Leaders Forum Alumni representative Tavai Bale said Valentines Day was a catalyst that promoted creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalise the spirit of existing anti-violence organisation.

"It is a day which generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battering, incest and sex slavery," Ms Bale said.

"The concept of the one billion rising campaign is simple and if you take into account the statistic that one out of three women will experience violence in her lifetime, you are left with the staggering statistic that over one billion women in the planet will be impacted by violence.

"We are inviting one billion women on Valentine's Day and those who love them to walk out, dance, rise up and demand an end to this violence.

"A song Break the Chain has been exclusively composed for the occasion of one billion rising and across the planet, geographical, customary, traditional and historical divides will be put aside as one billion women will rise and dance against violence."